Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Temps in the 40's today, so I took an after lunch ride. Explored the back roads between the Connecticut and Thames Rivers. Lots of colonial period houses, barns and narrow lanes. A couple even turned to gravel, but I was at explorer speed today, not Isle of Man speed.
Stopped at Giant's Neck Beach and grabbed a few sea shells for my kid. The coveted nautilus shell was in short supply. Every example had been previously pillaged by the hungry flock of seagulls loitering on the beach. Two high speed Acela trains passed each other on the bridge overlooking the beach.

As the sun got lower in the afternoon sky, it got a bit colder. I headed back to Mudville via Colchester. There was a small bike shop I was curious to check out. I haven't been there sine '99 or so. Back then it was a sketchy, unlicensed joint selling salvage bikes. Now the place is nice, with a selection of lightly used repossessions and a service department. There was a 1980 Guzzi CX100 Le Mans with a retro 850 Le Mans fairing, but the price was out of line. He wanted $6,000, which is the price range for a genuine 850 Le Mans MK1. Got home around sunset, then rode to work at 10pm, on the last day of January! So much different from last Winter.

Colonial Mill turned into country estate. Still had its own dams and millraces. I have never been on this Lyme road before. Lyme is famous for the deer tick disease.

Middle of Winter and the locals here still give you the hairy eyeball when you visit this beach.

Cool, but too expensive. Guzzis should always be cheap.

Clean Griso 1100.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Today was a good day

Scrounged up a new Yuasa for the Triumph. Now it will start below 60 degrees.

Butch & Bonnie fired up the Sportster after a year of no love. Sounded real good.

Then a Wii bowling tournament.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Corbis goes for a ride

1959, Manhattan, Harlem Motorcycle Gang. Image by Norman Parkinson

1973 Barefoot Couple Wearing Beach Clothing Riding Motorcycle. Image by Photo Media

1949, UK. A man and a woman ride a motorcycle around the "wall of death" to promote BSA motorcycles. Image by Hulton-Deutsch Collection

1969, Hendersonville, North Carolina, Billy and Benny McCrary stop to put air in their tires. Image by Bettmann

1932, Surrey, England, A lost motorcylist seeks directions from an Automobile Association (A.A.) road scout, Image by Hulton-Deutsch

1950 A newlywed couple takes off on a motorcycle after their wedding. Image by Bettmann

1958, Tanzania. Wyman Carroll, wild game hunter, hitches a ride on the back of a young black rhino. Carroll, is a native of Norwich, Conn.
Image by Bettmann

1962, Las Vegas, English sheep dog, "Zero Zero" by name drives around in his own special sidecar. Image by Bettmann

1986, Kautokeino, Norway. In the past, Laplanders use to work on foot. Today, small Japanese motorcycles make their work easier. Image by Julio Donoso

1960, Australia. A pet koala bear named Cuthbert clings tightly to Ian Swayne's shirt.
Image by Hulton-Deutsch
Source is Corbis

More Gold from Kyle Dooman

Kyle's Facebook Page

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fonsi and the Jets

Image by © SERGIO PEREZ/Reuters/Corbis

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Corbis goes to France

1969, Steve McQueen, attends the 1969 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Image by Alain Loison

1982, French singer Johnny Hallyday and his Kawasaki Z1300. --- Image by Tony Frank

1982. French actor Bernard Giraudeau on the set of Hecate. Image by Tony Frank

1979, Policeman survey traffic along a French highway during the first big weekend of summer. Image by © Jean Guichard

1996, Paris, Mickey Rourke visits Paris for the movie Love in Paris. Image by Guillaume Dambier

1967, Paris, French actor Johnny Hallyday on the set of The Great Chase. Image by Jack Burlot

1976, Paris, English actress Jane Birkin on the set of television show Numero Un : Jane Birkin. Image by Annemiek Veldman

1959, Paris, Georges Monneret is about to set off for a long distance rally by Vespa (Paris-Hassi Messaoud-Paris).

Paris, French Television Host Marc Toesca and vintage Norton. Image by Pascal Baril

1980, Paris, French Singers Sacha Distel and Sheila on Harley-Davidson. Image by Richard Melloul

1967, Paris, French Singer Sylvie Vartan on a Harley-Davidson. Image by Jack Burlot

1988, Paris, French singer Florent Pagny and his chrome Sportster. Image by Catherine Cabrol

1971 French Officer from National Police on Motorcycle. Image by Jacques Pavlovsky

1996, Le Bourget, French Actor Gerard Depardieu. Image by Luc Roux

1990, Deauville, French boxer Christophe Tiozzo is in Deauville for a training session. Image by Dimitri Iundt

1970, Cannes, French Actress Mireille Darc Image by Leonard de Raemy

1984, Marseilles, French actor Jacques Perrin in a scene of the movie Le Juge. Image by Jean Pierre Fizet


Catherine Deneuve and Jacques Dutronc on the set of 1979 film A Nous Deux. Image by Jean Pierre Fizet
pictures from Corbis

The Beer Taps of Knowlegde


Blog Archive